To grow herbs and spices at home
Wondering how to keep store-bought spices fresh? There is one way to always have fresh herbs at home - by growing them yourself. Spring is an ideal season for this endeavor. Herbs do not need a lot of space or special care. Actually, you don't need a garden, you can start with a few pots on the windowsill. Did we convince you? See how to grow fresh herbs at home.
Herbs are aromatic plants used in cooking, cosmetics and medicine. The strong aroma of herbs is due to the essential oils found in their leaves and flowers. The pleasant smell is more noticeable and strong on warm days.
Which herbs should we pick?
Most herbs do not need special care. You can plant them in the garden (if you have one) or in a pot on the window or balcony. They need sun, ordinary soil and not too frequent and abundant watering. This is due to the fact that many herbs, such as rosemary, lavender, thyme, originate from dry and hot climates. They definitely don't like overwatering, so make sure you water them when they're really dry.
Culinary herbs are a good place to start for the novice herbalist. It's great and motivating that you can use them in the kitchen almost as soon as you plant them. Start with parsley, basil, thyme, and sage. When your confidence grows, add rosemary, chamomile, lavender, chervil (a mild-flavored annual plant from the celery, carrot, and parsley family, commonly used to season light foods such as poultry, seafood, vegetables.
First, the green plants you grow are useful. Second, they are beautiful (although they will never be as big and bright as those sold in stores) and third, they are convenient: always at hand - fresh and fresh with a strong aroma. You can grow green plants in your home all year round, but the most favorable period is from the end of March to October, when there is enough sunlight and no special lighting is required.
Its aroma is great for a stuffy nose. Plant rosemary seeds in a pot and place it in a south-facing window. If the plant does not have enough light, it will turn pale and its leaves will begin to dry and fall. Water infrequently, because the plant does not tolerate stagnant moisture.
Peppermint tea has a good effect on digestion, reduces swelling and relieves pain. Take sprigs of mint from the garden or plant mint seeds in a pot. The favorable air temperature for growing the plant is 71.6-77°F.
Mint does not like dry air. Watering should be frequent to keep the soil moist. Placing the pot on the window will provide the leaves with a bright color and a rich aroma.
A popular seasoning for summer salads and classic Mediterranean dishes. Grown from seeds or seedlings. The purple varieties are more aromatic than the green ones. Before flowering, the bushes begin to smell stronger. The herb needs as much heat and light as possible.
In addition to seeds, it is also propagated by cuttings. Plant in a pot from mid-April and place in the window. The plant prefers moist, well-drained soil. Water once every 3-5 days. To increase the volume of the bush, the basil is crushed as soon as it reaches a height of 4 in.
Oregano is known as an antibacterial agent. It has the power to prevent cell damage and heal muscle pain. You can enjoy oregano tea daily.
In the month of March, plant oregano seeds in a pot. Place the pot in a sunny window. The soil should be loose. Water when you notice that the soil in the pot is starting to dry out.
Lemon balm is a well-known culinary, cosmetic, medicinal and aromatic herb. The fresh leaves of the herb are used as an addition to fruit salad, green salad or as a seasoning for fish.
Lemon balm is often used fresh or dried as a relaxing tea. And a basic requirement for growing lemon balm at home is to place it on a window that gets sun until noon. It needs regular watering. The plant grows intensively and therefore needs to be pruned regularly.
With no doubt, there is nothing better than growing your own herbs so you and your family can enjoy them. It is an amazing hobby that the whole family can benefit from in a very healthy way!